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  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    A
Decorah is a town in Iowa with a population of 7,765. Decorah is in Winneshiek County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Decorah offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Decorah there are a lot of bars. Many young professionals and retirees live in Decorah and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Decorah are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$178,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$630
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Decorah Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    50.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    76.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    900.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    88.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    33%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Decorah

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,188
National
$55,322
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Decorah Reviews

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It's a wonderful little town with tons of shops and restaurants. Everything is lovely here! The people are friendly and the environment is healthy and invigorating.
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Very safe, but the people can be very judgemental. The perfect place to raise kids as the school is incredible and the town is virtually crimeless. But not a place where you will find entertainment for young people.
Decorah is a safe place. Even once you set off on your new journey, there will always be a place for you in Decorah. Decorah supports the LGTBQ+ community and allows students of the age of 14+ to be able to apply for jobs. The schools in Decorah are nice and clean but the staff tends to not fully deal with bullying as their motto says in the lower levels.